FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large barn fire at a secluded farm off Marthall Lane in Marthall.

Five fire engines are in attendance; from Wilmslow, Lymm, Macclesfield, Knutsford and Manchester, as well as a high volume pump.

Crews were called out just before 1pm, and on arrival discovered that the steel-framed barn, which measures 40 metres by 28 metres and contains a large number of hay bales stacked from the ground to the roof space, was well alight.

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Firefighters began using a hose reel jet to create a fire break to protect other buildings.

"A farmer helped with this by using farm machinery to move hay bales.

"A clear fire break was established between barns and firefighters set up a water supply to get enough water to the area.

"They then began to use a main jet to tackle the fire whilst other buildings were protected with cooling jets."

A temporary road closure is in place in both directions on Marthall Lane, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Farm machinery is being used to move unaffected hay bales away from the fire.

A fire investigator is in attendance, who will investigate the cause of the fire in due course.